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Making Constitution shipshape

Rigger Jason Williams sands the main lower yard of the USS Constitution as part of the ship's restoration project, which is being coordinated by the Naval Historical Center. Rigger Jason Williams sands the main lower yard of the USS Constitution as part of the ship's restoration project, which is being coordinated by the Naval Historical Center. (Mark Wilson/ Globe Staff)
By Jesse Nankin
Globe Correspondent / August 17, 2008

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She was successful in all three battles in which she engaged during the War of 1812, securing a place of reverence within the fledgling United States Navy. Yet, the USS Constitution has not looked quite as she did in 1812 in more than 80 years. (Full article: 819 words)

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